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Toyota Camry Hybrid Owners Problems & Solutions

mikeocmikeoc Posts: 1
Discuss post-ownership questions, not pre-ownership questions.


  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
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  • hamm3rhamm3r Posts: 55
    Well, I learned the hard way that there is a typo in the owner's manual about programming the homelink.

    The owner's manual states:

    3. Simultaneously press and hold the handheld garage transmitter button along with the selected HomeLink button. Do not release the buttons until step 4 has been completed.
    4. When the indicator light on the HomeLink changes from a slow to a rapid flash after 20 seconds, you can release both buttons.

    This is not accurate. I would rewrite the manual to say:

    3. Press and hold the selected HomeLink button for approximately 20 seconds. After this time, the HomeLink light will turn from solid to slowly flashing.

    4. After the HomeLink light begins to flash slowly, press and hold the button of the handheld transmitter that you are programming while continuing to depress the selected HomeLink button until the HomeLink light begins to flash rapidly. Once the light is flashing rapidly, you can release both buttons.
  • rscotts54rscotts54 Posts: 47
    hamm3r: Thanks for the correction.

    If that is the worst problem we find with our Hybrid, we'll be doing just fine!!!!
  • bnewinsbnewins Posts: 25
    Thanks!! I was trying to program that last night. I was going to ask the garage door people tomorrow. Now I can try it again. :)
  • jjaxonjjaxon Posts: 27
    im sure it wont be the worst problem...
  • quan1quan1 Posts: 2
    Hey fellow lucky people. How cool is this car. I have 2 concerns though, and I would love to hear from you if you have noticed the same thing.
    1. From a complete stop, push the accelerator and there is a pause, a bump, a jerk, and then it takes off.
    2. As I pull up to a complete stop at a light, the mpg needle moves up to 0 mpg, sits there for a few seconds, I feel a bump, and then it goes down to the bottom ( E ).
    Does this sound familiar to anybody ?
  • bnewinsbnewins Posts: 25
    Normal. It's just the engine starting and stopping. If you move up to a stop light slowly the guage will indicate E as the motor has already stopped.
  • quan1quan1 Posts: 2
    Not so sure, it doesn't happen all the time and it doesn't matter how slowly I approach the stop. I can glide to the stop, mpg needle is on E, stop, and the needle shoots up, stays there, bump, and it goes down. I would love to hear from a bunch of owners, does your car do that ? And the acceleration thing too, really doesn't seem right.
  • lungdoc63lungdoc63 Posts: 55
    Hammr3 - Thanks for the heads up. I got my TCH and tried to follow instructions. Then remmebered haveing seen your post. However, that too didn't work. Went to Got instructions for 2006 Camry and followed it. Worked great the first time. So folks, if the hammr manuver doesn't work, try the web site.
  • orgalorgal Posts: 27
    I went to, and saw other car brands listed, but not Toyota, where did ou find the info for the 2006 Camry?
  • gc77584gc77584 Posts: 65
    I went to, and saw other car brands listed, but not Toyota, where did ou find the info for the 2006 Camry?

    Click on the Training tab at Under "choose a process" select "program a garage door opener" (assuming that's what you want to do) then click Go. Under "tell us about your vehicle" choose Toyota first, then Camry, then 2006. They don't have 2007 models listed. Click Go. Then choose your garage door opener type and click Go.

    I don't know if the garage door opener has to be "Homelink-ready" or if this will work with any opener. I haven't tried it yet -- that'll be this weekend's project.
  • lungdoc63lungdoc63 Posts: 55
    You saved me a lot of typing. Thanks. Reading the site, I get the impression that most openers will be programable. In fact I was even able to do the gate to the neighborhood, something I couldn't do with the other car. If you have a rolling code, you have to climb a ladder and hit the "train" button on your opener. Orgal - Congrats on your car. I have put 400 miles on this first week - saving $54 in gas versus my Land Cruiser!!!!!!
  • gordo203gordo203 Posts: 1
    I purchased the first hybrid camry in Connecticut and have had it for a few weeks (about 1200 miles on it so far). As I pulled into my driveway today, I noticed a trail of fluid up the driveway sort of centered along the center axis of the car...Does the hybrid system tend to give off a lot of condensation in the warm weather with the a/c going or is this a problem I should be more worried about?

    any input is appreciated!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's probably just condensation from the a/c system. Does it look, feel, and smell like plain old water?
  • spiff72spiff72 Posts: 179
    10 bucks says it is just water from the A/C condenser. Sometimes they can puddle in the undercarriage, and as you turn or slow down, or go up/down a hill, it can create this type of leaky appearance. It is especially bad when it gets really hot (and especially when the humidity is high).
  • pandcpandc Posts: 13
    it is water...mine does the same...don't got :) a TCH
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    If it ain't green, brown or won't burn, I wouldn't worry about it.
  • lungdoc63lungdoc63 Posts: 55
    I have had a great time with my TCH last 10 days, putting 550 miles on it. However, as you yesterday, the ICE is behaving completly different. It is no longer turning off with the frequency it used to. I am driving on the same roads. It is no turning off as I coast on long gently sloping downhills, as I coast to a stop light. It won't turn off at a traffic light until I have come to a full stop for 2 to 3 seconds. The battery is always charged up to point of only having one or two of the top 2 bars white.

    What gives? Appreciate any ideas.
  • lvwlvw Posts: 14
    Have you increased the load on the system, such as by having the air conditioning on full, or the headlights on at all times? If not, a discussion with your dealer, in the hope they have someone who can diagnose the TCH behaviour, might be worthwhile.
  • lungdoc63lungdoc63 Posts: 55
    NO increase in load. Same routes and driving pattern. I hope I don't have to take it to the dealer. Its scary, b/c I am not sure they know that much about the car yet.
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